Even as the scion of erstwhile Kullu state, Maheshwar Singh, along with the Dev Samaj -- an organisation representing hundreds of Hindu temples in the state -- announced to move Supreme Court to appeal the ban on animal sacrifice imposed by Himahcal Pradesh high court, the state police would depute additional force to control the law and order situation during the festival in Kullu district.
“Additional police force will be provided as per the requisition of the district police,” said Sanjay Kumar, Director General of Police, Himachal, adding that the police across the state has already been directed to adhere to HC’s order, banning animal sacrifices at religious places.
The high court has directed the deputy commissioners and the district police chiefs to personally supervise the order. However, preventing animal sacrifices will prove to be a daunting task for the cops, as around 300 deities are likely to assemble for the traditional Dussehra festival at Kullu’s Dhalpur ground.
Maheshwar Singh, who was instrumental in calling the assembly of deities to seek their view point on the ban, has already submitted records pertaining to animal sacrifices to his counsel in Delhi.
“The records in the gazetteers in Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti and Mandi districts reveal that animal sacrifices continued even during 18th century. The government records have also been attached alongwith a plea to SC,” he said, adding that he was hopeful about the decision.
Meanwhile, Kullu DC Rakesh Kanwar said all arrangements had been made for the festival. He said 12 countries would participate in the week-long festival from October 3 to 9.